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My son has mental health issue – Father of Iniubong Umoren’s killer, Akpan defends son

The father of suspected killer of Akwa Ibom job seeker, Iniubong Umoren, Frank Akpan, has said that his son is suffering from schizophrenia.

The senior Akpan made this statement while giving evidence in his defense before an Uyo High Court presided over by Hon. Justice Bassey Nkanang.

The retired civil servant stated that his son, who is suffering from schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder that affects how people think, feel, and perceive, was an outpatient at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

He also said he was not aware that the victim’s body was exhumed in his compound in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

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The father’s defense is coming after his son had denied ever knowing Late. Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who was allegedly tricked, raped, and murdered, by prime suspect, Uduak Akpan, while on a job hunt in the Uruan local government area of the state.

Senior Akpan told the court that was in the house of his secondary school classmate at Uko Eshiet Street on the day that the incident occurred, adding that he only returned home at about 7 pm, to be told by his son that, there was an undisclosed medical emergency for which he advised him to hold on till the next morning.

He then added that later, his son came back and told him that he was travelling to Calabar before he heard a knock on the gate of his house by policemen from Uruan Divisional Headquarters who later told him that they were in search of a missing lady.

He further said he conducted the police around his house and thereafter, was taken to the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Uyo, where he was detained, until his son was arrested and himself freed from police custody.

Concerning the text message he allegedly sent to his daughter’s phone stating “He was using a flying boat, he should not be talking about dying, but escaping” the accused person admitted that he sent the text but that he was not referring it to his son’s escape.

Mr. Frank Akpan is standing trial for accessory after the fact of murder, while his son, Uduak is charged with murder and rape and his daughter, Bassey Anwan, for harbouring her brother in her residence in Calabar in a bid to assist him to escape justice.

Justice Bassey Nkanang has adjourned the case to the 10th and 11th May 2022, for the continuation of defense by the third accused person, Mr. Frank Akpan’s daughter.

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